Healthy turkey meatballs with Asian-style rainbow chard

Healthy Turkey Meatballs with Asian-Style Rainbow Chard

This quick and healthy turkey meatballs recipe has become one of my favourite workout meals. It is high in protein, bursting with flavours and made in just 20 minutes.
Course Lunch, Main
Cuisine Asian, International
Keyword easy, high-protein, low-carb
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 3
Calories 514kcal
Author Eva Burg


Turkey Meatballs

  • 14 ounces ground turkey
  • 1 egg organic
  • 1 bread roll or two slices of stale bread, briefly soaked in water and squeezed dry
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 1 inch fresh ginger grated or finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander optional
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 small bunch fresh coriander finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil

Asian-Style Rainbow Chard

  • 1 pound rainbow chard or regular Swiss chard
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1 pinch red pepper or chilli flakes
  • 14 ounces chickpeas canned
  • 2 teaspoons tamari or soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil


Turkey Meatballs

  • Add all the ingredients except for the coconut oil to a medium-sized mixing bowl and combine well, using a fork.  Roll the mixture into about 12 golf ball-sized balls.
  • Heat the coconut oil in a frying pan and fry the meatballs for about 4 minutes on each side or until fully cooked through. They should turn golden-brown.

Asian-Style Rainbow Chard

  • Separate the rainbow chard stems from the leaves and chop them into 1/2 inch sized pieces. Roughly chop the leaves and set aside because they cook slower.
  • Heat the coconut oil in a pan over low-medium heat. Add the garlic and red pepper and cook for about a minute. Make sure that the garlic doesn't burn.
  • Now add the rainbow chard stems and chickpeas and cook for about 4 minutes. Then slowly add a handful of the rainbow chard leaves at a time until each batch has wilted. Stir occasionally. 
  • Pour in the tamari sauce and sesame oil, give it a stir and cover for a few more minutes until the rainbow chard has softened.


Calories: 514kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 127mg | Sodium: 1504mg | Potassium: 1497mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 9420IU | Vitamin C: 51mg | Calcium: 183mg | Iron: 9.3mg